LP – 2018 North American Tour – Tickets – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR – February 15th, 2018

LP - 2018 North American Tour

Double Tee & Soul'd Out Productions present

LP - 2018 North American Tour

Noah Kahan, The Years

Thursday February 15

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


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This event is 21 and over

It's simple: Once you see and hear LP, you remember. She's a gripping performer, a curly-headed force of nature looking kind of like a cross between a young Bob Dylan and Marc Bolan, albeit often wielding a ukulele. A rockin' ukulele, in front of a dynamic, versatile band, that is. And her voice is instantly ear-catching, a natural instrument of power and grace.
But there's much more to it. There's just something about the Los Angeles- based singer-songwriter-artist that grabs hold - a spirit, an exuberance, a belief in her gifts as a musician and in the power of music to reach people. It comes through her songs, whether written for Rihanna (the 2011 hit "Cheers") and Christina Aguilera ("Beautiful People" from the movie Burlesque), or for herself, such as "Into the Wild" (the song that has tantalized ears through its use in a Citibank Card TV commercial) and the hauntingly epic "Tokyo Sunrise," also from a live EP to be released this spring.
While writing songs for others was rewarding (artistically as well as in other ways), her most natural habitat is on stage. It was playing the L.A. club gigs that reenergized LP's drive to write songs for herself and get back out there as a solo artist. Thinking back about her earlier days, performing live is what motivated her while living as a rock 'n' roll road warrior: "We were doing 250 shows a year, driving around the country in a crappy van my brother leased for me, one hotel room for all of us in the band," she explains.
Fueled by a contagious, pure love of performing, LP's stage presence is inherently powerful with a free-flowing, infectious confidence honed through a few years of touring around the country with her band fueled by a contagious, pure love of performing which has brought her to this point as a solo artist in her own right. At a recent show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood in January, it became abundantly clear after just one song that the energy shared between artist and audience reflected a breakout buzz gig confirming LP's status as an artist to watch in 2012.
In fact Esquire Magazine has singled out LP as one of 2012's rising stars, adding its voice to a growing, global legion of fans. All this comes before she's even released her Warner Bros. Records debut live EP, let alone the full album she's currently working on with producers such as Isabella Summers (Florence and the Machine), Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Alanis Morissette), PJ Bianco (Metro Station, Veronicas), and Fraser T. Smith (Adele, Ellie Goulding) among her collaborators.
And then there are the multitudes of people online Google-ing to find the striking voice behind the mysterious "Somebody left the gate open". A vocal snippet (from LP's song "Into The Wild" ), which can be heard accompanying the daredevil rock climbers on the much-discussed Citibank Card commercial. The success of this song and commercial was the subject of a recent CNN news piece, not to mention the surge of popularity of the viral videos of LP's concert performances, whether she's singing her own songs or soaring versions of everything from Guns 'N Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" to Beyonce's "Halo." The beauty behind this kind of growing awareness is what happens on its own when an audience begins to discover an artist for themselves. It's that pure word of mouth which continues to be the catalyst for that organic curiosity and attraction. This is not the work of the PR machine; it's just the natural order of events which has brought fans to the music of LP.
LP - born and raised in New York and now a Los Angeleno — came to music early, despite coming from a "family of doctors and lawyers." Her mom loved to sing, though, and the youngster was not to be deterred. She was drawn heavily to transformational artists, those who blended mystique with the rare ability to make an instant connection with listeners, both as performers and writers.
When LP talks about her favorite music or artists who have provided inspiration, she admits: "I'm a huge Jeff Buckley fan. Kurt Cobain's another one — he was able to make the most unique kind of music that stands on its own. What about Chris Cornell's voice or Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Robert Plant, Chrissie Hynde's swagger...and I really appreciate rappers like Jay-Z; the wordplay is really important to me. I'm into so much music
Trying to describe LP's music can be a daunting task. There is an elegant energy that rocks but does that make it rock music? The structures are memorable and melodic but does that make it pop music? The lyrical content has its own emotional depth that holds a universal appeal which draws the listener closer but does that make it folk music? One might detect traces of Roy Orbison, or the aforementioned Jeff Buckley, a hint of U2 or maybe some suggestion of Edith Piaf but it somehow doesn't really sound like any of these per se. This is the music of LP.
Her performances were honed during her years of intense touring, and her songwriting developed while working with such top songwriters as Billy Steinberg and Desmond Child among others. "When I went in to sessions with people, I had to make it rain really fast or they wouldn't want to write with me again. You learn to hit your mark pretty quickly."
All of those factors are coming into play as LP makes her Warner Bros. debut album, which she hopes will be worthy of her teachers and will also satisfy her own creative expectations. "I want to make a journey of a record, something that flows as a full and complete piece of work," she says.
It's the same for her approach onstage. "I'm at my best fronting a full-on band," she says. "I feel like I am a 'force of nature' from the love that comes from connecting with the audience. That's what I strive for."
Noah Kahan
American singer and songwriter from Strafford, Vermont.

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